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welcome to online music class!

"Music Notes" from Dr. Harr:

Dear BCA families,

As you know, this school year is going to look very different, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The faculty and staff at BCA are doing everything they possibly can to make sure that your child is safe, happy, and healthy while they are with us at school, as well as when we’re having remote learning. I am going to do everything I can to create a fun, engaging, and educational environment for your children, regardless of whether we are learning in person or online. I’d like to take a moment to outline when and how we’re meeting for music class, as well as what we’ll be learning in person and virtually.

Class schedule:

All K-8 music classes will meet only one time per week this school year. To reduce the risk of cross contamination, I will only be teaching at school/online on Wednesdays, and I will be teaching the students in their classrooms, rather than having them travel to my classroom. When we are having school in person, I will be teaching each class individually in their rooms. However, when we are having virtual learning, I will be teaching Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade together, as well as 3rd -4th grades together, 5th -6th grades together, and 7th -8th  grades together. If we are at school in person for music class, I will still pre-record my lesson for each grade and post them in the designated Google classroom for any students who choose to stay home.

Class curriculum:

In Person – Unfortunately, singing and playing instruments are now considered “super spreaders,” meaning that those activities are more likely to aerosolize droplets, therefore increasing the likelihood of spreading the virus. So, we will reserve those activities for virtual learning. Instead, I will be covering how to read music (music theory), listening to music/studying specific composers and time periods (music history), making connections between music and how we worship (church music), watching music performances and movies about music, and similar activities.

Remote – When we are having virtual class, we can sing together and learn to play our instruments! During the first week of school, each child will receive an instrument to take home – either rhythm sticks, egg shakers, recorders, or handbells – as well as a folder with music in it. Their instruments will stay at home all year and, with the exception of the handbells, they are yours to keep. We’ll sing songs together on Zoom as much as possible, too.

Grading:

Kindergarten through 4th grade students will receive an Excellent, Satisfactory, or Unsatisfactory grade based upon class participation/attendance, attentiveness, and willingness to learn. We will have handouts to complete based on class discussion, which do not technically have to be turned in. However, I would prefer that all Kindergarten through 4th grade students turn in their work as often as possible. 5th through 8th grade students will receive a letter grade based upon class participation/attendance, willingness to learn, and handouts based on class discussion submitted electronically through Google Classroom.

Thank you for the opportunity to teach music to your children! If you'd like to be a part of music education at BCA, or if you have any questions or suggestions, please don't hesitate to call me, email me, or find me at school. I am continuing my position as PTL president again this year, so you'll be seeing and hearing from me a lot - per usual! ;)

God's blessings,

Dr. Harr